Helene Schneider

Helene Schneider is the former mayor of Santa Barbara, California and a Democratic candidate for California's 24th congressional district.[1] She was first elected mayor in 2009, succeeding Marty Blum.[2] She won reelection to a second term in 2013. Prior to serving in government, Schneider worked at Planned Parenthood as the director of human resources for the affiliate serving Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties.[3]

Helene Schneider
Helene Schneider in 2015
Mayor of Santa Barbara
In office
January 11, 2010  January 9, 2018
Preceded byMarty Blum
Succeeded byCathy Murillo
Member of the Santa Barbara City Council
In office
January 7, 2003  January 11, 2010
Personal details
BornNovember 18, 1970
New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSanta Barbara, California
Alma materSkidmore College, Professional Designation in Human Resources Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
ProfessionHuman Resources Management
WebsitePersonal website

Political career

Schneider credits former mayor Harriet Miller with giving her a start in city politics by appointing her as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara.[4] In 2003, she was elected to the Santa Barbara City Council and reelected in 2007. Her first political involvement on the Central Coast was working for Jack O'Connell's successful reelection campaign to the California State Assembly in 1992.[2]

In 2009, Schneider was elected mayor in an open-seat race. She won with 45.8% of the vote followed by Dale Francisco with 33.9%, Steve Cushman with 16.3%, and two other candidates splitting the remaining votes.[5] She was reelected mayor in 2013 in a two-way race with Wayne Scoles, winning 73% to 26%.[6]

In 2016, Schneider ran for the 24th congressional district, which was left open due to the retirement of longtime representative Lois Capps. In the primary field of 9 candidates, Schneider was considered to be one of the frontrunners, alongside fellow Democrat and Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, and Republican Justin Fareed. However, Schneider came in fourth in the primary, with 31,046 votes (14.9%). Carbajal went on to defeat Fareed in the general election.[7]

See also

List of mayors of Santa Barbara, California


  1. "Candidate for 24th District, US Congress & SB Mayor Helene Schneinder". City Desk with Jerry Roberts. December 19, 2015. TV Santa Barbara (TVSB). Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  2. Giana Magnoli (January 11, 2010). "Mayor-Elect Helene Schneider Looks to Bridge Political Divide". Noozhawk. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  3. "Full Biography for Helene Schneider". The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. September 19, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  4. Lara Cooper (January 6, 2010). "Former Santa Barbara Mayor Harriet Miller Dies". Noozhawk. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  5. Matt Kettmann (November 4, 2009). "Updated Election Results". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  6. Nick Welsh (November 6, 2013). "2013 City Council Election Results". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  7. Alys Martinez (June 8, 2016). "Helene Schneider Concedes Race For 24th Congressional District". KEYT. Retrieved December 21, 2016.

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